ScriBo Grigio SCRIBO

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This blog, well the fountain pen part, came about partly through my interviewing Luca Baglione of Scrittura Bolognese over the launch of the Feel in October 2018, which had just occurred with the help of Write Here of Shrewsbury. It was being recorded by Penultimate Dave and between them I finally had my armed twisted enough to write my first piece. What does this have to do with Grigio SCRIBO? Well off the back of the interview I ordered one of the first Feel pens to be sold directly from ScriBo. This first batch, and just the ones sold through the maker, came with a 20ml bottle of a unnamed ScriBo ink which matched the corporate colours and the grey-blue pen I had just bought. This is this ink was a beautiful colour but also rather wet, however it was also running out. Over two years passed before ScriBo launched their ink range and amongst them was Grigio SCRIBO. The question must be, is it the same ink?

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Kilk Novo Baroque with Meerschaum Pipes – Pictures

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A month back I wrote my review of the Kilk Novo Baroque, and during that piece I did refer a few times to the emotive reasons partly behind my purchase. At one point I mentioned how the white barrel variant reminded me almost of meerschaum clay, as used in pipes, and which my late father used to collect and smoke. I mentioned I might add some photos of the pen alongside some of those pipes if I got a chance, but instead of adding them to the original article I decided to create this short piece.

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ScriBo Blu Capri

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When you think of Italy you think of the food, the art and architecture, the lakes, the coast, and the islands. Situated just off Naples, Capri is in a sun kissed part of the world with beautiful turquoise blue waters, and here from Italy we have an ink that captures the heart for the tourist and local alike.

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Graf von Faber Castell Classic Anello Ebony Fountain Pen

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Confession time. I should have written this review almost three years ago when I started to use this pen. This particular version is also no longer available so while Graf von Faber Castell do make a range of Classic Anello fountain pens, the ebony version has not been on their list for four years. This did result in my having to buy this pen earlier than anticipated and required, but more on that in a bit.

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ScriBo Rosso Chianti

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ScriBo have managed to do what so few other ink makers have managed. To use the name or type of a wine and match it to an appropriate colour. Most the usual offerings would be poured straight down the sink without even tasting if provided in traditional 70cl bottles, but here we have an ink that makes you think about pizza and pasta. Perhaps I just think too much with my stomach.

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Kilk Novo Baroque

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Confession time. My paternal great grandfather (edit – picture at the bottom) was born in Smyrna (now Izmir) in Turkey, coming over and settling in the UK near the end of 19th century. I do not remember my grandfather (and certainly not my father) maintaining any Turkish traditions or heritage, yet when I see a product from the country of my ancestors I feel a tug to the heart strings. So when a small pen maker pops up in Istanbul my attention is grabbed. Problem was the costs of getting a pen over to the UK were comparatively high due to taxes, duty, etc, so when I heard rumours Kilk were going to be at the 2022 Spring London Pen Show my interest and attention was alerted.

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ScriBo Verde Bosco

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I have been looking forwards to trying this ink. Since Scrittura Bolognese (ScriBo) started to produce their own line of dye based inks there has been the question over whether any were from the old OMAS catalogue. Having a treasured bottle of green, which is gradually being used up, I was interested to see if Verde Bosco was the same as it is only one of two greens presently in the range, with the other being the far lighter Prato.

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